Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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On Feb. 10, 1944, 2nd Lt. Ellen Ainsworth, a 24-year-old nurse from Glenwood City, was hit by enemy fire while attempting to save her patients during heavy artillery shelling at the 56th Evacuation Hospital in Anzio, Italy. Ainsworth died six days later from her wounds and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and the Red Cross Bronze medals.
The Salvation Army officially closed on the purchase of its new Grace Place location at 505 W. 8th St. in New Richmond on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Duana Bremer, director of Social Services for the Salvation Army in the St. Croix Valley, hopes to have the building up and running by next spring.
The New Richmond American Legion Post 80 celebrated Veterans Day with a special ceremony at the American Legion building, Monday, Nov. 11. The New Richmond Middle School and St. Mary's School also celebrated Veterans Day with their own ceremonies on Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, respectively. (Photos by Jordan Willi)
For a long time, students had been giving their blood during the school’s blood drives without getting much more in return than the knowledge that their blood would be used to save the lives of people who need it.
After the success of last year’s Food Drive Kickoff competition, Lisa Woletz and the rest of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce decided to move up the timeline of the competition and get even more donations to the Five Loaves Food Shelf this year.
Students at Hillside, Starr, Paperjack and St. Mary's Elemenary schools enjoyed a variety of events for Halloween on Oct. 31. Some students walked around the school during the annual Halloween costume parade, while others showed off their pumpkin decorating skills. St. Mary's School had a Halloween carnival for its students. (Photos by Jordan Willi)
Students at Somerset Elementary took part in the annual Halloween parade Thursday, Oct. 31. The parade allowed students to show off a wide variety of costumes while walking through the school to the main office to collect their candy and other small treats from the office staff. (Photos by Jordan Willi)
Although most of the images that come to mind when thinking about Veterans Day and the many wars that America has taken part in throughout its history as a country involve fighting, blood and soldiers on foreign soil, there are still other parts of war that do not involve bloodshed.
At its Oct. 26 meeting, the Friday Memorial Library Board approved the creation of a New Richmond Area Community Foundation fund, that will only be used for funds going toward new construction for a new library building. “This new fund is specifically and only for new construction, not for anything else, like buying books,” said Library Board President Jeff Peplau. “We are hoping to have things decided and the project underway by this spring.”
At the New Richmond School District Board of Education’s Oct. 28 meeting, Brian Johnston, director of Fiscal and Building Operations, reported to the board that the district would be able to cut almost $1 million from the 2013-14 tax levy, which brought the final levy amount down to $13,084,601.